Discounts to draw more event visitors

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, Wednesday, its Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package versioin III promotion that offers a discount of up to 20% for travellers who visit the country this year.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, TCEB’s Administration and Strategic Support vice president Chirut Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said the bureau joined hands with King Power and Airports of Thailand, two of its core partners, to offer packages to visitors attending events in Thailand.

The package is bundled with TCEB’s offers to event organisers. The event secretariat distributes discount cards to delegates and on presentation to shops, restaurants or service providers it identifies the holder as being eligible for a discount.   Read more

Airport attacker on drugs

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 March 2017: The man shot dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said Sunday.

Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.

“Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine,” the source said. Read more

India adds eVisa channel

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 20 March 2017: Mangaluru will be the second airport in India’s Karnataka state, after Bengaluru, to offer an eVisa immigration lane, effective 1 April, according to the Hindu a leading daily newspaper in India.

Currently, eVisa travellers visiting Mangaluru have to pass through immigration in Bengaluru, or  at other gateway airports that have eVisa immigration facilities.

The airport has installed two immigration checkpoints  for eVisa holders separate from channels that process traditional visas. Read more

Lao outbound trips tip 3 million

March 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 17 March 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department reports Lao citizens made 3.05 million trips in 2016.

Vientiane Times quoted the department’s statistics unit that monitored a slight decrease of 0.3% when compared with more than 3.06 million trips in 2015 and a decline of 7.58% on 3.3 million trips registered in 2014.

However, the number of Lao nationals booking air travel increased slightly. Read more

Strike extends at Berlin airports

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 14 March 2017: Workers at two airports in Berlin on Monday afternoon said they would extend a walkout over pay that has grounded almost all flights out of the German capital.

Service workers’ union Verdi on Sunday said it would call ground personnel out on strike just two days after their last walkout on Friday.

The stoppage was slated to begin at 0400 (0300 GMT) Monday and last until 1700 (0400 GMT) Tuesday, affecting some 660 flights. Read more

New strike hits Berlin airports

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 13 March 2017: Passengers flying in and out of Berlin airports face delays or cancellations Monday due to a ground crew strike over pay, union officials said.

The union, Verdi, said it is calling on ground personnel at Berlin’s Tegel and Schoenefeld airports to halt work from 0400 (0300 GMT) Monday to 0500 (0400 GMT) Tuesday.

The latest stoppage comes just two days after a walk-out on Friday grounded more than 650 flights in Berlin. Read more

THAI suspends ticket change fee

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Thai Airways International has cancelled ticket change surcharges due to the likelihood of flight delays at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Maintenance work is now being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.

THAI announced the end of the cancellation fee only for delayed flights at Bangkok’s main airport. Read more

New boss for Berlin joke

March 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 7 March 2017: A new chief was named Monday for Germany’s most scandal-plagued infrastructure project — Berlin’s new airport — which is five years behind schedule with no firm opening date in sight.

The BER airport was set to open in 2012, but has become a multi-billion-euro planning disaster and a running joke for Berliners, while tarnishing Germany’s reputation for engineering prowess and punctuality.

The troubled project has sparked repeated spats between the capital city Berlin, its neighbouring state of Brandenburg and the federal government, as well as with architectural and engineering firms involved. Read more

Strike threat looms over ITB Berlin

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 6 March 2017: Travel industry players heading to the world’s biggest tourism trade fair in Berlin, mid-week, may face delays at the capital’s two airports after ground staff voted in favour of strikes in a pay dispute.

The strike is not likely to get underway until after the Tuesday deadline set by the labour union.

Most visitors to ITB will already be in town by then, but  the strike could delay trade show delegates leaving Berlin on Friday if the dispute extends beyond a day or two. Read more

Prepare for delays at Suvarnabhumi

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 March 2017: Airlines will suffer delays at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport’s as maintenance work is being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.

The airport’s general manager, Sirote Duangratana, said the runway closure is needed for urgent repairs  that will take 60 days to complete.

“A 935-metre section at the north end of the east runway and the entire stretch of the B1 taxiway will be closed,” he said. Read more

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